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In keeping with our 100 theme this week, the first comic strip artist (in American newspapers), Richard F. Outcault, gets a nod for his Yellow Kid – a character well over 100 years old. The Yellow Kid was a bald, snaggle-toothed child with a goofy grin in a yellow nightshirt who hung around in a ghetto alley filled with equally odd characters, mostly other children. The kid wontedly spoke in a ragged, peculiar ghetto argot printed on his shirt, a device meant to lampoon advertising billboards

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